Why We Love The Indie Wedding Fair
Arriving at the unassuming, urban location of 92 Burton Road, it does not strike you as a traditional wedding venue – thus the basis of it’s appeal. For any couple looking for an alternative to the big, fussy, country house or hotel wedding, this is the place for you. On entering the building, the raw brick, copious amount of metal and open space give a contemporary yet welcoming feel. The 7,500sq.ft. ex-industrial warehouse offers so much scope for your wedding or event. Using the building as one open space could be quite daunting, but it can easily be broken up into different areas for dancing, eating, entertainment and drinks. Due to its industrial background, it is a relatively blank slate allowing you to add your own style when it comes to décor, whilst also offering a real sense of personality from the building itself.
On the 30th April 2017, 92 Burton Road hosted The Indie Wedding Fair. In its second year, The Indie Wedding Fair has moved location, from Manchester, to the edge of Kelham Island in Sheffield. Offering wedding couples an alternative to the usual wedding fair, The Indie Wedding Fair aims to, in their own words put ‘originality, innovation and the modern couple at the heart of everything they do.’ This was clear when entering 92 Burton Road on a bright Sunday morning. The feel of the fair was totally different to any we have been to before. Relaxed, contemporary and clearly celebrating uniqueness, this fair was an experience rather than just a showcase of suppliers. With many of the suppliers offering interactive elements for the wedding couples visiting the fair. You could have your photo taken in one of the photo booth stations, have your make up done, there was scrumptious food galore, you could get pretty much any part of your body adorned with temporary tattoos or glitter artwork (and we did!), dance to the resident dj’s music (something one party in particular took advantage of after having a few bottles of Prosecco!) and all of this of course washed down with drinks on tap from the bar. There was a real sense of fiesta and party about the day, it didn’t feel like your standard wedding fair, but more like a carnival, celebrating the Indie wedding supplier.
As you know, here at And so to Wed, we love, love, love independent wedding suppliers and do all that we can champion each and every one of them. The benefits of shopping independent are clear to all who have ever worked with or bought from an independent business. You get amazing talent, a personalised experience and buckets full of personality. This was definitely apparent at The Indie Wedding Fair. Every supplier we spoke to was fabulously friendly, ridiculously likeable and amazing at what they do. We were in our element.
And who brought the wonderfulness of The Indie Wedding Fair to wedding couples of the North? None other than Elinor Softly-Robbins, founder of Soft Touch Events, and general amazing boss lady. Bringing all these fantastic suppliers together under one roof, she had a clear vision to bring the indie scene up North and give wedding couples lots of options to have a unique and stylish day. She has definitely achieved her aim. Curating a cornucopia of talent all showcased in one amazing day that both suppliers and wedding couples alike loved.